Candidate Ballot Access Information



  • Each of the additional documents required for submission may be completed and saved using the same steps outlined above for nominating petitions.
  • Declaration of Candidacy – The candidate’s name will appear on the ballot as it appears on the Declaration of Candidacy. The Declaration must be signed by the candidate.  It may not be signed by anyone else.
  • Receipt of Ballot Access Documents - This document is for the candidate to check and certify that they have received the documents in Section III. The candidate/designee completes, signs, and dates this form, and returns it to the Board of Elections in person (by appointment), by mail, or by email at [email protected].  Once received, a Board staff member will respond via email to acknowledge receipt and provide a copy to the candidate/designee.  
Tips for Filing your Nominating Petition
  • It is the candidate’s responsibility to review all signatures prior to submission to the Board of Elections. Board staff is not responsible for checking the signatures for campaigns.
  • Make sure the “Affidavit of Circulator” on each petition page is completed and signed.
  • Before filing, all petition sheets which comprise the entire nominating petitions must be serially numbered and assembled.
  • While not required, filing the minimum number of signatures before the last day can be very helpful.  If a document is missing or an error made, there is still time to file the missing document or to correct the error before the deadline.
  • Once the initial petition that meets the minimum signature requirement has been filed, supplemental petition sheets may be filed until 5:00 pm on the last day for filing.
  • If you file in person by appointment, you must come prepared to file – you will not be permitted to prepare to file in the Board’s offices.
Informational Documentation
We strongly encourage candidates to download and review the documents in this section before filing their ballot access documents.
How to submit your candidate filing:

You may submit your filing in one of the following ways:

  • By email to [email protected]
  • By mail or in person by appointment to:
    D.C. Board of Elections
    1015 Half Street, SE, Suite 750
    Washington, DC 20003-4733

Please contact us at 202-727-2525 or [email protected] with any questions.  If you would like to request reasonable accommodation or review this document in an alternative format, please contact the Board’s American with Disability Act (ADA) Coordinator at (202) 253-1741.

Poll Watchers and Election Observers

Any person wishing to observe the administration of the election at the polling place or at the Board’s Counting Center on Election Day may petition the Board for credentials as an Election Observer or Poll Watcher. Petitions for credentials should be submitted to the Board at least two weeks before Election Day.

The information in this online guide is subject to change. For the latest information, see the Newsroom or follow us on Twitter or Facebook. In the event of a conflict with information contained in this guide, in the Official Calendar, or on our website, the laws and the regulations of the District of Columbia will apply.